Today more than 300,000 teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found out their A-level results. Nee Hao Magazine’s student support team has been speaking to a number of students from the British Chinese community.
Here we profile one of the students, Emily Lo, a British born Chinese girl from the South West of England. Having done exceptionally well at GCSE level to achieve A* and A grades in every subject, she carried this success onto her A-levels, achieving two A grades and one B grade, and a further two A and B grades at AS-level. This has resulted her in obtaining a place to study Civil Engineering at one of the UK’s top universities, the University of Bath, currently number 7 in the rankings according to the Guardian.
During the summer of 2013, Emily was invited to Beijing to attend a summer camp. This was funded by the Chinese government for the brightest young overseas Chinese students with the aim of finding their roots.
A short interview with Emily Lo
Was going to university something you planned or did you want to do something else?
Yes, going to university is something I’ve always planned to do after I had finished my A-levels and Bath was my first university choice so I am really pleased.
Tell us about your study routine leading up to the exams?
I go through the revision guides and note down all the important information. I then go through the subject specification and tick everything off until I know the majority of what is required. I would use flash cards to help improve my memory. Once I’m confident in knowing most of the subject content, I would then complete a past paper and mark it myself, going through mistakes and revising them. For Physics and Chemistry, I would use the mark scheme to create model answers of all questions that had appeared in the past papers and then try to memorise the answers.
What’s your secret to success?
Having a goal and being determined to achieve it.
What do you hope to get out of university?
The most important aspect is to gain the skill sets for me to be employable, as well as to enjoy the different aspects of university life.
How did your parents influence your studies?
During the study period, my parents were quite relaxed. I think they entrusted me to deal with the studies in my own independent way rather than them nagging me about it. However they were strict in the sense that they expected me to do well and would put some pressure on to help me stay focused.
What advice would you give to aspiring students who want to go to university?
My first piece of advice would be to make sure that university is for you. University isn’t for everyone; some people would thrive in apprenticeships or something similar. My next piece of advice is to fully research the course you want to study in as well as the universities you want to study at. I’ve heard of many people regretting their course or university choice after they’ve applied, having to sort that out is really time consuming and can set you back. My last piece of advice is to work hard. The better you do, the more choices and options there will be.
Are you looking forward to the first year of university life?
Yes, it’ll be an interesting experiencing living away from home and having to act independently. I will also be able to meet lots of new people from around the country. I am also excited to start my course since it’s a combination of my interests and I am eager to continue my learning.
Tell is more about the Beijing summer camp you went to for bright overseas Chinese students?
I went to Beijing for a summer camp. The camp is called the “Root seeking summer camp in China”. The title is quite self explanatory. It’s basically a camp funded by the Chinese government to bring overseas Chinese students back to China to teach them of their roots. So the activities included the sightseeing of historic places in Beijing, such as the great wall and the old summer palace, as well as talks by professors and university graduates. It’s an incentive to bring bright overseas Chinese students to work in China in the future.